Lakers made ‘compelling case’ to take head coach job, Dan Hurley says

The Los Angeles Lakers appeared to have made the most effective case they might to carry Dan Hurley from the UConn Huskies to the legendary NBA franchise because the clock winds down for his resolution.

Hurley plans to make a closing resolution on Monday, however he instructed ESPN the Lakers made a “compelling case” to go away faculty basketball, and the East Coast, for the glitz and glamor of Los Angeles.

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UConn head coach Dan Hurley plans to decide about whether or not to hitch the Lakers on Monday. (AP Picture/Steven Senne/File)

He stated he left his assembly with Lakers basic supervisor Rob Pelinka and workforce proprietor Jeannie Buss “extraordinarily impressed.”

The Lakers and Hurley deliberate to “elevate discussions” about the opportunity of the back-to-back nationwide champion main Los Angeles within the subsequent couple of days, ESPN reported Thursday. The workforce reportedly plans to supply a “huge, long-term contract” to Hurley.

Hurley, 51, reportedly left the door open to observe his dream of being a head coach within the NBA regardless of wanting to remain in Storrs, Connecticut, to vie for a three-peat.

He signed a six-year, $32.1 million contract final summer season, and the CT Insider reported in April one other contract was being mentioned.

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Former Orlando Magic guard JJ Redick, heart, leaves the courtroom after being honored by the workforce through the first half towards the New York Knicks, Feb. 14, 2024, in Orlando, Florida. (AP Picture/Phelan M. Ebenhack/File)

The Lakers had additionally been rumored to be focusing on J.J. Redick as their subsequent head coach. The Athletic, cited by the New York Instances, reported Tuesday the workforce was “zeroing in” on the previous Duke star to take the reins. 

If he chooses Los Angeles, Hurley will change Darvin Ham, who guided the workforce to the Western Convention Finals final 12 months. He would additionally depart a gaping gap on the head coach place at UConn.

Ought to the Lakers’ pursuit of Hurley fail, ESPN reported that the workforce has interviewed a number of different candidates, and New Orleans Pelicans assistant coach James Borrego is without doubt one of the solely candidates who had two in-person interviews.

LeBron James can be an obvious issue within the Lakers’ pursuit of Hurley. Because the information first broke, James appeared to lend his assist for Hurley as head coach.

“He is so DAMN GOOD!!! Alongside together with his employees. Tremendous inventive with their [offense]. Adore it,” he wrote on X.

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Dan Hurley (WWE/Getty Photos/File)

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James is ready to be a free agent and might be taking part in for a brand new workforce earlier than the summer season is over.

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